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2018-2019 Concert Series Announced

2018-2019 Concert Series Announced

Drummers Herlin Riley and John Vidacovich will team up for a special show that kicks off the concert series on Sept. 15.

 

2018-2019 JAZZ & HERITAGE CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED
Free Concerts Featuring New Orleans Musicians

A world-exclusive battle between two of New Orleans’ most famous drummers, a night of passionate tango fueled by tequila, a spoken word poetry slam, a tribute to West African highlife music and a trio of Brazilian bands are all part of the second annual Jazz & Heritage Concert Series, which begins Sept. 15.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest, announced its 2018-2019 concert series with a video that premiered on WWOZ.

All events in the series are free to the public and take place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, the foundation’s education facility in the Tremé neighborhood.

The diverse lineup of performers includes many celebrated heroes of New Orleans jazz, including pianists Ellis Marsalis and Davell Crawford, multi-instrumentalist Don Vappie and singers Leah Chase and George French.

Of particular note is the kick-off show on Sept. 15 - a first-time pairing of two of New Orleans’ most passionate percussionists: Herlin Riley and John Vidacovich. In a world-exclusive double bill, both drummers will face off for two sets of free-floating, exploratory jazz backed by a stellar band that includes guitarist Steve Masakowski, saxophonist Derek Douget and bassist James Singleton.

The series also reaches beyond jazz into blues, soul, world music and beyond.

The blues/folk guitarist, singer and storyteller Spencer Bohren will make a rare New Orleans appearance on March 9 with his even more rarely heard band the Whippersnappers. The powerhouse singer Tonya Boyd-Cannon will perform a tribute to soul music on June 15. On April 13 there will be an improvisational poetry slam and spoken word performance.

In addition to the Herlin Riley/John Vidacovich event, the series features other special collaborations. On Nov. 24, two rising young stars of modern jazz - who both are alums of the foundation’s main education program, the Heritage School of Music - will perform together: trombonist Jeffery Miller and  trumpeter John Michael Bradford. On May 4, clarinetists Evan Christopher and Gregory Agid will team up for a celebration of traditional New Orleans jazz titled “Bechet to Batiste.”

In world music, there are several events on the schedule:

* The Cuban-born percussionist Alexey Marti with his sextet (Sept. 22)

* A concert of tequila-fueled tango performed by cellist Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko (Jan. 19)

* A pair of West African “Afropop” bands, the Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra and the Fufu Allstars (Feb. 16)

* Three Brazilian bands: Chegadão, Amigos do Samba and Sapatos Novos (July 13)

The concert series also includes two events that are produced in partnership with other local organizations:

* On Jan. 16, the Foundation for Louisiana and the Ashé Cultural Arts Center team with the foundation to present a celebration concert for the National Day of Racial Healing, with performances by Sunni Patterson, Donney Rose, William Vivanco, Sol Galeano, Antonio Garca and Ceasar Baracco.

* On Dec. 1, the foundation is working with a special event, Improvisation: New Orleans’s Gift to the Modern World, A Tricentennial Conference, to present pianist Courtney Bryant.

All of the concerts in the series feature exclusively New Orleans performers, and all take place on Saturday nights.

The only exceptions are:

* A is a special appearance by the New York-based, internationally acclaimed vibraphonist and marimba player Stefon Harris. He will perform with his band Blackout on Monday, Sept. 17.

* A co-presentation with the Foundation for Louisiana and the Ashé Cultural Arts Center to present a celebration concert for the National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 16.

“When we announced our inaugural concert series last year, we were thrilled to give a world-class showcase to our very deserving local artists,” said Don Marshall, executive director of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. “This year, we’re expanding into new directions and increasing the number of events we’re presenting, from 13 shows last year to 18 this season.”

2018-2019 JAZZ & HERITAGE CONCERT SERIES
All events at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
Free Admission
All shows have sets starting at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., except where noted.

Saturday, Sept. 15:
HERLIN RILEY and JOHNNY VIDACOVICH

Monday, Sept. 17:        
STEFON HARRIS
One 90-minute set starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22:       
ALEXEY MARTI SEXTET

Saturday, Oct. 27:         
GEORGE FRENCH BAND

Saturday, Nov. 24:        
Heritage School of Music Alumni in Concert
JEFFERY MILLER and JOHN MICHAEL BRADFORD

Saturday, Dec. 1:
COURTNEY BRYAN
Presented by Improvisation: New Orleans’s Gift to the Modern World, A Tricentennial Conference and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
One set starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8:           
DAVELL CRAWFORD

Saturday, Dec. 15:         
ELLIS MARSALIS QUINTET

Saturday, Jan. 5:            
DON VAPPIE & THE CREOLE JAZZ SERENADERS

Saturday, Jan. 19:         
Tango & Tequila
DR. JEE YEOUN KO

Tuesday, Jan. 22: 
SUNNI PATTERSON, DONNEY ROSE, SOL GALEANO, GRAY HAWK PERKINS and more
A Celebration Concert for the National Day of Racial Healing, part of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's National Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Initiative. Presented by the Foundation for Louisiana, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
One show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16:
Living the Highlife - A Night of Afropop
KUMASI AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA and the FUFU ALLSTARS

Saturday, March 9:
SPENCER BOHREN & THE WHIPPERSNAPPERS

Saturday, Apr. 13:
SPOKEN WORD NIGHT
One show starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 27:
Cabaret Tremé
An evening with LEAH CHASE
One show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 4:
Bechet to Batiste
EVAN CHRISTOPHER and GREGORY AGID
One show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15:
A Song For You: A Tribute to Soul Music
TONYA BOYD-CANNON

Saturday, July 13:
Noite do Brasil - Brazilian Night
CHEGADÃO, AMIGOS do SAMBA and SAPATOS NOVOS
Three sets, starting at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The Jazz & Heritage Concert Series is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation as part of the foundation’s portfolio of cultural enrichment programs - all of which are free to the public. Others include the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Oct. 12-14), the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Nov. 17-18), the Congo Square Rhythms Festival (March 30-31) and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 22-23).

The foundation also hosts free programs in education, such as the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music and the Class Got Brass competion, and economic development initiatives that include Community Partnership Grants, the Sync Up series of professional development workshops for artists and the Catapult Fund business accelerator for entrepreneurs.

The foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest - and other raised funds - to present these free, year-round programs. For more on what the foundation does, see www.jazzandheritage.org. To support these programs with a tax-deductible donation, please see here.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.